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  • Valley Quest is a series of more than 150 treasure hunts that teach and share the natural and cultural history of the Upper Valley region. People of all ages enjoy Questing; and many have discovered that it is a special family activity. Follow intriguing maps and clues to find the Upper Valley region’s secret places! A day out Questing will help you discover and learn about the landscape and heritage we share.

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    Best of Valley Quest includes 70 treasure hunts to beloved natural and cultural destinations.

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    VALLEY QUEST is one of four programs of Vital Communities, a regional non-profit organization serving the Upper Valley region.

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    How to Quest Valley Quest’s maps and clues—created by local students and community members—will help you discover the natural and cultural wonders of the Upper Valley. At the end of each Quest find the hidden treasure box. Sign in the guest book and collect an impression of the unique Quest stamp.

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    The Saint-Gaudens Quest

  • The Saint-Gaudens Quest

    Overview Discover the beautiful home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors. This National Historic Park is open daily, late May through late October, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person; children 15 and under are free. As a Federal Fee Area, the Federal Golden Passes and the America the Beautiful Pass are honored. A Saint-Gaudens NHS annual pass is also available. For information: www.nps.gov/saga

    This was the place where a famous artist once dwelled He made sculptures of people and in this he excelled He grew up in New York City but from Ireland he came Augustus Saint-Gaudens, you’ll see was his name

    The entrance booth is where you check in The ranger there will gladly help you begin Here you can get a map to aid with your task And if you have questions, it’s a good time to ask

    Look for a very large tree in front of a home it is in that direction that first you should roam The tree is a honey locust, New Hampshire’s largest they say Once the house was an Inn where travelers could stay

    If you look out from the porch, a tall mountain you’ll see It is all by itself and named Mount AS-CUT-NEY To hike, and to ski, on its slopes you can go, But it was once a volcano a very long time ago

    Head for the building that has a red wall There are white columns in front, what does that make you recall? Saint-Gaudens loved the culture of old Greece and Rome And he used some of their art to beautify his home

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    Into this building you now should go That huge glass window is important to know It faces due north, the sun does not directly shine in It’s the best light to work with no harsh shadows within

    This building is known by a special word; STU-DI-O It was designed as workplace for an artist to go. Here Augustus would work with plaster and clay To create some of the sculptures you see here today

    As you walk through the park two kinds of sculptures are found Ones like Diana the huntress, you can walk all around Some have just one side, like those on the wall Called “reliefs” these can be very large or extremely small

    Look closely at the art and you’ll find great detail And many you’ll see can tell an interesting tale Look for those of soldiers and presidents, both are on view You’ll find children and painters, and animals, too.

    Return outside and past the gardens proceed Through the hole in the hedge the pathway will lead A dark wooden building soon will be found Find your way inside and look all around

    There are wagons and carriages and even a sleigh If the artist went to town, he would travel this way A strange, dark room with a thick door you will see, It was very cold inside, why do you think that would be?

    Out through the wide gate then a left you should take Once in that field straight ahead, a right you would make To the stucco wall with a steep sloping roof Of the artist’s talent you will here see more proof

    Find the man on a stone carved with fish and a wave He was an American admiral and was especially brave He joined the navy as a boy and the true story is told How he commanded a ship when just 12 years old!

    Find the turtles nearby that seem to drink to excess Through this space called an Atrium you now should progress Around the walls of the walkways, relief sculptures are set Can you find the one with Dunrobin, the sculptor’s pet?

    In the building beyond are sculptures made of real gold People carried these in their pockets in days of old See the small cameo jewelry, he made these as well As a teenager he carved them from stone and from shell

    Here sculptures of people you will see around, A general, a pilgrim, a famous author are found. Look closely at one sculpture hanging over a case Augustus hid his own likeness in the sheepdog’s face

    Go back to the field—and to the row of trees all of birch At the first opening in the hedge there continue your search See a group of soldiers that are marching away If the men were alive, what do you think they would say?

    Led by a man on a horse, as an angel looks down, On these soldiers of color, who are now quite renowned In the Civil War their bravery set them apart, Now their story is told in movies, books, and in art

    Follow the birches and the next room you should enter A mysterious figure sits in the center It’s not meant as a portrait, nor for its meaning to be clear It was to make people think about life as they were seated near

    Continue down the path, well past the last hemlock hedge Between the field to the left and forested edge The sculptor once had a golf course in these fields here below In the winter a long toboggan slide was made through the snow

    Keep on walking until a white structure you’ll find When you first saw it, what came to mind? It is made of marble mined in an old Vermont quarry And was designed by friends of the artist to help tell a story

    A century ago, an outdoor play was staged here Actors as Greek gods and goddesses did appear They spoke in rhyme and did dance and sing At the end chose Saint-Gaudens to be their new king

    Turn away from the Temple and look straight across Search at the base of the pine among grass and moss The hidden box is there, so write a note that you came Augustus used this self-caricature when he signed his name

    Come back again to the park now that you’re not a stranger You can even earn a patch as a junior park ranger There is a film you can see, forest trails to explore Watch a real sculptor work, attend a concert and more

    Quest created by Gregory Schwarz in 2008.

    This treasure hunt takes 1 hour

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